Dancing for D’Egville: the dancers of the Wharncliffe album

The Tate Gallery holds an object called “The Wharncliffe Album”, which contain some drawings, action studies no less, of singers and dancers who performed at the King’s Theatre in the years 1807, 08 and 09.  This paper examines the album, its format, and its content, in order to find its place within the iconography of the dance at this pivotal period between the neo-classical and the proto-romantic.  The authorship of the album has been tentatively attributed to its former owner Lady Wharncliffe but I will show how we can attribute the drawings to a much more likely candidate and in doing so review the iconography of the dance at this fascinating period.

Keith Cavers
Symposium Title: 
Dancing in the theatre of Europe in the long 18th century 2012